Thank you to everyone who wrote encouraging comments about this quilt. Though I am still struggling with the colors, I am enjoying the process once more. I am still trying to figure out what is not quite right in my eyes but am reaching the point that I may have to accept that the reasons for my dissatisfaction may remain a mystery. I truly love the colors in the antique looking quilts like those made by Di Ford and I was using that as my inspiration when selecting the background fabric but perhaps that is the main problem. I was trying to recreate someone else's style rather than my own. Hmm, just food for thought. Anyway here is the part 5 vase after stitching.
As you can see the stitching really helps bring out the details. I have now prepped the next vase. Originally I had planned to do this vase in another fabric but after trying a few, I decided that I prefer them all to be the same fabric. I am liking the quilt better each time I add more of the teal color. I so wish that I had purchased a full pattern repeat of the Dutch chintz as there are several flowers that are not complete and thus cannot be used. And of course they are the perfect size and I am running out of flowers that are the right size. Lesson learned!
So here is where I am so far. I feel confident that I can get this center finished soon but am not sure if I will go any further. I still love the pattern but am not sure if I want to continue with a project that I no longer love quite so much. And since we are selling this house the place of honor that I had designated to display this quilt will no longer be an option and it is highly unlikely that our next home will have the space. But the first border does look lovely so who knows!